10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 103)

God is not always a blessing in disguise. He is a blessing in plain sight. He dresses the part and He shows Himself the way He truly is. The question is, are we recognizing the blessing?

Jesus gets in the way when there is no way. He makes a way and blows you away with His mysterious ways!

Consider God as the highest source for everything. Highest source for life, love, peace, freedom, wisdom, victory, deliverance, truth and joy.

Some people are only in your life for a season and only God knows the reason. Don’t try to figure out the departures and arrivals. God is in charge of everyone’s journey.

Some doors are more like windows. They are shorter and thinner so the opportunities are fewer but they are still there. Ask God to reveal the doors and the windows in your life.

Put one foot forward in faith and keep walking in love. Put the other foot forward in faith and keep running your race. Put one foot forward in faith and let God show you the way. Put the other foot forward and see how God leads you to amazing places one step at a time.

Stress and anxiety are conduits for the enemy to get into our lives. They are open doors for negativity and depression. Open the door to faith and hope and positivity will follow you everywhere.

Peace is what God gives and what we should expect. The absence of peace doesn’t mean the absence of God but God can make peace present even when there is turmoil and chaos.

The Lord gives us notifications about how much He loves us. They are reminders of His goodness and kindness. Let’s be aware of those promptings and embrace His loving nudges.

Your breakthrough will come true. Your blessings will show up. Your answers will come. Your deliverance will manifest. Your Lord will keep His promises. Your current misery is not the end!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 17:7-8; Psalm 20:4; Philemon 1:25

God is a refiner

To refine is to remove impurities or unwanted elements from a substance. It also means to improve by making small changes or making something more subtle and accurate. God is the ultimate refiner. He purifies, He changes and He removes impurities like no other. Our lives can’t be the same when we let the Refiner do His job. How willing are you to let the Refiner do something new and pure in your life? Are you willing to give Him your life so He can refine it? It’s not a sacrifice. It’s an honor and a privilege. Coming to the realization that the Lord can refine our lives is a blessing. Preparing ourselves to being refined and changed by Him is priceless.

The fire of the Holy Spirit can refine us and burn all things that weigh us down and that we don’t need. I present my life to the Lord on the altar of His love and I ask for refinement and change but I need to let go first and let God be in control. We can’t hold on to our lives with both hands and hope the Lord will take them away from us by force. He is gentle. He is caring and loving and He won’t remove what we love dearly. It’s a lesson I am learning and my goal is to get to a point where God can purify my heart without my ego or my insecurities getting in the way. Today I want to invite you to give all of you to the Lord and let Him refine you. Burn for Him and only for Him with a heart that is surrendered.

The process of refinement and purification is not always an easy process. Like I mentioned before there is a need for letting go and being open to the fire of the Lord. Burning is a powerful action that results in transformation. In the natural when we burn something it comes out looking differently. There is a transfiguration that happens. When God burns us, He changes us for the best. The process leads to beauty. He burns the ugliness and leaves us looking beautiful. We come out of the ashes and we rise up thanks to a touch of His love. God will take the worst parts of our lives and refine them. He can take our shortcomings and our worst traits and refine them. His burning process leaves a mark on our soul and spirit.

The mark of the Lord shows through the light that comes forth when we have been refined. The process will not always be easy but it is always worth it. David asked the Lord to purify his heart and renew his spirit. His prayer wasn’t in vain. God has the power to purify any heart and renew any spirit. You and I are examples of how God renews spirits. We got saved and with salvation came the transformation of our spirits. That was just the beginning. Now we have to press on and allow the Lord to purify us continually.

I am not sure we are always aware of what needs to be purified in our lives. The Holy Spirit can convice us and show us what needs to be put through the holy fire of the Lord. The Lord’s Spirit can open our eyes to all the areas that need to be refined. Besides, God the refiner is excellent at changing parts of our lives that are not in line with His will. I am not just talking about sin and the purification of what we do. I am referring to fine tuning the situations in our lives. Problems and trials can also go through the refining process. If there is something in your life that is not going well or that is not where it should be, call on the Lord, the Refiner.

The Lord will make things right. He will tune your life so it is in harmony and goodness will follow you. He will burn the tribulations and put them through His fire until you have the victory. God the refiner can do that and He will do it if you put your life in His hands. Don’t hesitate to give it all to Him. Give Him the good things and the bad things. He will do what He does best and make everything be in line with His will for you life. Let God the refiner refine your circumstances and bring you peace and joy again! He is going to improve you and make changes that will transform your life.

Suggested reading: Psalm 51:10; 1 John 1:7; 2 Corinthians 7:1

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 102)

Stay where faith is. Don’t travel down the aisles of doubt and don’t get stuck in the corners of fear. Stay with God. Fortify the faith in you but staying within the house of the Lord. Don’t stray from faith. Protect it and guard it with all your heart, within your heart!

Let praise lead you into worship and adoration. Praise is the getaway into worship. Praise by focusing on what the Lord does and then worship by focusing on who God is. Praise and worship go hand in hand. Keep them together and you will be strong in faith.

God wants you to move. He keeps you in one place until you are ready to move to a higher level but He won’t keep you where you are. He will take you from faith to faith. He will help you grow your mustard seed and He will show you greater glory.

You can manifest your breakthrough with faith. Faith is the platform from which God can act. Let your platform be sturdy so your miracle can stand on it and jump into reality. Work on your faith because it is pleasing to God and it changes everything.

God is love” doesn’t mean that He is reserved for a certain class of people. God is love for everyone. God loves everyone. God loves. Period. He doesn’t love just the ones we choose to love. He loves the ones He says He loves and that includes everyone, no exception.

Rituals, doctrines and principles of a religious nature can destroy the work of the Lord. Jesus came to bring the good news of salvation and religion comes to bring the destruction of His salvation. Religion limits who gets into salvation. Jesus welcomes everyone into salvation. Religion stifles love. Jesus gives love!

The truth will set love, peace, joy, faith, patience and all the fruit of the Spirit free. If you are faced with a truth that doesn’t set them free, free yourself from that truth.

There is a constant rain from Heaven that pours blessings on those who believe. Don’t shy away from the rain from Heaven. Don’t get discouraged when you are experiencing the drought of the earth. Stay in faith and the rain will come. Let your praise and worship lead you into a rain dance. The rain will come!

When God speaks, those with ears listen. When God listens, those with mouths of faith speak. Be an oracle of faith and talk to God and be an even better listener and tune into His Spirit.

Your race is unique and it is God-made. You are not running against others. You are not competing against the world. You are in a lane designed just for you. Keep your eyes on the Lord before you and you will run a beautiful race. Keep the faith!

Suggested reading: Galatians 5:7; Hebrews 12:1; 2 Timothy 4:7

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 101)

Let God’s love in you be bigger than the hate that is in this world. Let’s God love in you be bigger than the fear the enemy wants to see develop in you.

No stress, no worries. Jesus comes on time and He helps all the time. His timing is perfect and His help is on point.

Don’t just look at what you want to see. Look at everything the Lord wants you to see. Look with the eyes of faith and you will God’s hand everywhere you look.

Darkness roams in bright daylight. Test all spirits. Not every light is from God but God’s light always pierced all shades of darkness even the lightest shades!

With God you have nothing to worry about. He will always give you a reason to believe and the peace and wisdom to rejoice in everything.

If your church is divided because of who rules your world, refocus on who the ruler of your life is. Be sure that Jesus is the ruler and not anyone or anything else.

God has a plan. God is the plan. Let God unfold in your life. Let Him be the reason for every season of your life. Let God prosper you. God won’t harm you but He is your hope and your future.

Our minds try to “Google translate” God and we end up missing the meaning of what He is saying. Let’s interpret God with the help of the Holy Spirit who speaks God’s language fluently!

There is a price to pay when we want to stay in faith despite some events of our lives. This price is praise; it costs less than we think and its reward is priceless!

The Lord goes before you wherever you go so you should travel with the assurance that He is your insurance no matter where you are.

Suggested reading: Psalm 67:7; Numbers 6:24-25; James 1:17

The power of not taking God for granted

I made a resolution for 2020. It has been brewing in my spirit for a few days now and I have finally set it free and now I can express it and talk about it. My main resolution for the new year is to not take God for granted. It may sound like something most of us don’t do and at first glimpse it sounds like not a valid resolution but it is. I have been scanning my life, my habits, my lifestyle and my thought patterns for a few days. It appears that even though I am grateful to God most of the time, there is still room for growth. Not taking God for granted means acknowledging Him in all my ways. In my thoughts, in my habits and in my lifestyle.

Are my habits a reflection of my awareness of God? I can think of many examples when I put God on silent and go on with my life. The pauses are not long but they are there. God doesn’t take a break from us so I can’t afford to take a break from Him. I get so engulfed in my life at times that God is a tiny wave in the ocean of the busyness of life. He shouldn’t be a small curling body of water; He should be the motion that commands which way the ocean should go. When our ocean is steered by the affairs of life and we have no control, we need to bring God back to the forefront. The One who can walk on water should be walking all over our lives, leading us, guiding us and being the center of our universe.

Not taking God for granted implies taking Him seriously all the time and letting Him come first. He is God. He is on a throne and we should keep Him on the throne. There is nothing and no one more important than the Lord. No one and nothing deserves the pedestal we give them. As this new year is starting, I am consciously removing all the things and people I have put on a throne. They are not as many as they used to be but some of them are still sharing the spotlight with the Lord. There is something majorly wrong with that picture and I am working on reframing it and making it the picture perfect it is supposed to be.

God deserves to occupy the whole picture and everything else should be in the background. He is the alpha and the omega and the finisher of our faith. Without Him we wouldn’t be here. Without Him I wouldn’t be where I am now. He doesn’t take me for granted. He makes me a priority. I want Him to be my number one. Not just in words but in action and in truth as well. I’m going to look at everything I have and be thankful for all of it because I have a lot thanks to the Lord. I am not going to waste anything, any food, any time, any words and any money. My goal is to be a good steward of what the Lord gives me and use it for His glory.

When we take someone or something for granted, we assume that they will always be there and we don’t need to focus on them now. They will be there so we can attend to them later when we have time. I live in the tri-state area and many people I know take some of the most amazing monuments around for granted thinking that they don’t have to go visit them since they will always be there. I know a lot of people who have never been to the Statue of Liberty but it’s on their bucket list. The Statue is less than two hours away. I don’t want to make God wait until I have time to attend to Him.

I do pray a few times a day but I can acknowledge God more in all I do in between prayers. That is what I am talking about. Paying attention to the Lord more than ever. I also want to remind myself of His past goodness and how present it is. I have experienced a lot of amazing things in my life and I want to resuscitate them more often. Not to live in the past but to remind myself of how big my God is. I don’t want to rejoice when good things happen and then just move on to the next best thing forgetting about what happened. God is the best. He deserves my best attention. My resolution is to give Him my full attention. I hope it resonates with you. Happy new year! Let it be the year of the awareness of God in our lives.

Suggested reading: John 16:13; Romans 12:9; 1 John 3:18

Dream big in 2020

A new year is about to start and with a new year come new resolutions for many of us. Exercising more, eating healthy and being more productive are popular promises we make to ourselves. How well we keep those promises is up for debate but at least we have good intentions. I say dream big at the start of the year. Have big dreams and keep track of them. Base those dreams on God’s promises. Don’t limit yourself. Write a list of big things you want to see happen in 2020. Look at what God can do in your life. Let Him be your resolution maker. Be bold with your dreams. Let them stretch your faith. A new year and a new you in Christ is reasonable according to the Lord. Great things will take place for you this year when you put your trust in God for amazing things. Signs and wonders are what you can expect. Whatever you think God will do, He will do. Jesus spoke about miracles that He will perform through us when we believe. Think of 2020 as the year when you are used by God to perform those miracles. Think of 2020 as the year when you see things you have never seen before. Make promises to the Lord. Tell Him that you are going to work on bold faith and you are going to say bold prayers this year. Stir yourself up and rely on God to get you through this new year. Hold on to your big dreams. Keep an eye on them and revive them through the year.

What big dreams am I talking about? I am talking about dreams that are so big that they seem impossible. Dreams that defy your understanding. Dreams that seem unreal. Dreams that are God-size dreams and not human-size dreams. Dreams that excite you and motivate you. Dreams that take faith and boldness. Dreams that you never dared to have before. Pray about them. Ask the Holy Spirit to assist you and He will show you what those dreams should be. Don’t make a list based on what the world dreams about. Make a list that reflects what the Lord planned for your life. His plans are big. They are from a different realm. They are not confined by human reasoning. They are designed by His understanding and they are manufactured in His heart. God has a heart that is so enormous that no one can fathom its size. Your dreams were birth in His love and His love is limitless and invincible. Dream big with your heart and not with your mind. God is in your heart. Your dreams are going to be divine!

Once you have written down your big dreams, keep on eye on them as often as possible all year long. Pray about them once and then thank the Lord for them every day. Celebrate the Lord because His goodness endures forever and He will make your dreams come true. Thank Him for giving you big dreams. Exalt Him and praise Him because He never fails. Keep your dreams between you and Him and share them with the world as a testimony when they come to pass. Some will take place this year and some will come later but stay in faith. God is faithful and He keeps His word. He would never give you dreams that won’t materialize. This is going to be a great exercise of your faith and it’s going to give you many reasons to praise the Lord in advance. Stay close to the truth all year. Stay close to faith. Stay away from doubt-inducing people and ideas. Keep your faith strong by spending time in the Word and in prayer. Keep your eyes on Jesus in 2020 and let Him make your dreams come true. Dream big in 2020!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Hebrews 13:20-21

How ready are you to receive from God?

I have been traveling for the holidays. When I am not at home, I find it a bit harder to pray at times. It has become a lot easier in the past six years but I am very sensitive to the spiritual atmosphere around me. I remember trying to pray when I was in Barcelona a few years ago and it was a struggle. Thank God it wasn’t anything the Lord couldn’t help me with. He helped me break through. I strongly believe that our environment can help our prayers or can deter them. What we have to do is keep “pushing through” and the flow of prayers will come. I flow with the Spirit when I pray. It starts with praise and thanksgiving. That combination sets the ground for praying with the Spirit. He comes in and takes over and all I have to do is yield and let Him lead the way. The other night, I was in bed praying here and I found that it was very easy to pray. Everything just went so smoothly. The Lord showed me that the family member I was staying with had a very fertile soil for the things of the Lord. He has a good base that allows the Lord to come in and bless him. He prays daily and he has the faith of a child. He believes that what the Lord says is the utmost truth. I meditated on the “fertile soil” concept and I received some insights. The question I came up with is how fertile is our soil? The soil here represents our foundation, our base, our level of faith, our engagement with the Lord and our “preparation ground” as I like to call it. When our soil is fertile and expectant, God can shower us with His rain and blessings grow all over the place.

The spiritual soil we all have is our level of faith. Faith is everything because without it we would not believe in God. Now, we all have a soil that we have to maintain. We all have a measure of faith that we need to cultivate. We can actively work on it or we can be lazy and not do anything to it. Being lazy and having a non-active faith is obviously not the best solution. We ought to be laborers of faith that spend time working on our piece of land. We have control over how much faith we are adding every day, how much fertilizer we are using. The Word of God is the best source of fertilizer. If the Word stays on our shelves, it won’t do any good. No harvest has ever come out of a land that is never taken care of. It is true that the rain comes and does something to it. That is what we can compare to God’s grace. His grace is given to us without us doing anything. Yes, God does bring the rain and we see miracles come out of the soil but He also expects us to do the growing and the cultivating by studying His Word. I want my land to be so fertile that there are crops all over the place and others can come and taste the fruit of the land. Our faith is for us and for others. We can stand in faith for others until they start growing their own crops. Use the fertilizer of the Word of God daily.

Praying like I said earlier was a joy that night. It has been ever since but that night is when I got the revelation as to why it was so great. When we pray every day, when we pray without ceasing, we make our soil very fertile. Praying without ceasing can seem impossible but it means praying often and keeping a prayer attitude. Our prayer attitude is sustained when we say and do things that don’t contradict out prayers. It’s when we say and do things that line up with faith. Our words outside of our prayer time are very important. We need to watch what we say. Are we doubting God when we talk or are we supporting our belief that God will answer our prayer? A faith that is rooted in “God can do all things” is a strong faith. When your soil is constantly sprinkled with words of affirmation and words of faith, it becomes fertile and it is ready to receive from God. Keep sprinkling faith all over your foundation. Pile up faith on top of faith. Let your declarations be strong and assertive and let them speak of how great your Lord is. The more fertile your soil, the more sustained blessings you will see. Jesus said that He couldn’t perform miracles where no one believed. Don’t let your soil be a place where He can’t perform miracles. Be sure your land shouts out His praise and you will see great miracles take place in His holy name!

Suggested reading: Matthew 21:22; Hebrews 11:1; 1 John 5:5